September 2014: Celebrating Yemen with Alwan for the Arts

Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba

Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba

Since 1998, Alwan has played a leading role in promoting cultures of the Middle East in New York and the tri-state metropolitan area. [read more]


Special Series: Alwan Celebrates Yemen
Thu, September 11, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for Arts

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Join Alwan for the Arts in celebrating and appreciating the unique and diverse arts and culture of Yemen in a special series that will span over two weeks and will include film screenings with discussions, a book launch on The Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba, and a concert by the renowned Yemeni-musician Abdulrahman al-Akhfash. One of the oldest crossroads of civilizations and global trade, this series celebrates Yemen, past and present, and offers a small yet enticing taste and momentary glance into the breadth of the wonders, magic, and profundity of this cradle of civilizations, whose modernity has been marred by constant upheaval and strife, culminating in a struggle of its people rising and seeking to be heard.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7pm: BOOK LAUNCH & DISCUSSION
Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba Regional Yemeni Jewelry by Marjorie Ransom

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8pm: MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Renowned Yemeni Musician & Vocalist Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash
Yemen’s music is one of the basic foundations of the world’s music, music of all nations in general … Where there is music, there is humanity.” – Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash

Tuesday, Septembr 23, 2014, 7pm: DOUBLE BILL FILM SCREENING
Socotra (H’er wa Imshin)

Felisa Jimenez. Yemen & Colombia, 2013, 36 minutes
This hauntingly beautiful documentary explores the social changes that have come to the remote Yemeni island of Socotra in recent years.

Days in The Heart of the Revolution
Ammar Basha. Yemen, 2012, 46 minutes
This series of short documentaries examines the plight of citizens displaced by the conflicts in Abyan and Saʻdah, and other pressing contemporary issues.

Thursday, September 25: YEMENI FILMS SCREENINGS

The Scream
Khadija al-Salami, Yemen, 2012, 84 min

Yemen’s first female filmmaker looks at the role of women in Yemen’s 2011 uprising, and examines the aftermath of their participation: they hoped for democracy, but what did they ultimately achieve? And more importantly, what are they left with?

Sheffield Steel, Yemeni Dreams
Emma Vickers & Cathy Soreny, UK, 34 min

This short film tells the story of a generation of men, now entering old age, who migrated from colonial South Yemen to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s to work in Sheffield’s burgeoning steel industry. These men and their families laid the foundations for one of the UK’s strongest immigrant communities.

Suggested Contribution General Admission $10 | Students and Seniors $5
Doors open at 6:30pm

Alwan’s programming is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
Last updated: 2014-09-02 18:40:08
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